Historical fiction

Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill

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There was a lot of potential in this book. It has two protagonists who support different forms of protest in the US. On the one hand, we have Martin Luther King’s peaceful marches, and on the other end, Malcolm X and his views. Just to make it even more interesting, it is the woman who is on the agitators’ side with the man wanting to protest peacefully and believe in God and everything that entails.
Unfortunately, something seemed to be missing in the way things evolved. We have three major features of focus, and I think it would have worked better as a duology or trilogy to give time for the progression of either their beliefs in the context of the larger picture or of the relationship, which has some significant moments that seemed to only be taken into consideration fleetingly before moving to the next big thing.
Some interesting conversations occur in this historical fiction, which is primarily placed in New York City. The writing was good and conveyed the appropriate emotion of the leads but got lost in the overall picture. I liked the random photos interspersed in the book. It gave me more information since I was unaware of many of the incidents discussed here.
I must say the cover is quite eye-catching, but it is not just the story on Anita but also Jason, and it could count as mildly misleading (only mildly since Anita does take up most of the narrative voice)
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book.

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